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, an intellect on the level of one of the greats like hagel or plato. >> that was abc's nick schifrin in rome. after benedict says good-bye to the church's cardinals, he flies by helicopter to the papal retreat. he will offer a blessing from the balcony and then shut the door. in his own words, benedict will be hidden for the rest of his life. >>> and it is a very busy morning in rome. and our friends at "gma" are planning complete coverage of this historic day. keep it right here on abc news. >>> our other major story, is massive budget cuts set to begin in less than 24 hour ps. after weeks of warnings, president obama softened his tone about the cuts. instead of a fiscal cliff, the president said it was more like a tumble downward. and he invited congressional leaders to the white house for talks. here's karen travers. >> reporter: the topic was probably unavoidable. today, president obama had a brief meeting, no more than ten minutes, with congressional leaders, about how to avoid the massive spending cuts. they'll sit down on friday at the white house. progress? not so much. the meeting i
the nation's new defense secretary chuck hagel. he took the oath of office at a private ceremony this morning. afterwards the secretary told pentagon workers the united states must lead with its allies. he says he believes the military is a force for good and that he is committed to equal benefits for all service members. secretary hagel also touched on those looming budget cuts calling them a reality we need to figure out. those cuts also a top priority for the nation's next treasury secretary. the senate voted about two hours ago to confirm the former white house chief of staff jack lew to that position. is he now set to succeed tim geithner. lew is the former white house budget director and prior to that he was an exec at citigroup. some republicans had criticized lew over compensation the bank gave him during a time when taxpayers bailed the bank out but today 20 republicans voted for him. the final tally 71 to 26. all that despite a squiggly thing he calls a signature. the president is speaking, giving remarks at the business council dinner at the park hyatt in washington. he expected to
. >> stephanie: i loved your tweet, now republicans can get back to blocking everything else after chuck hagel is confirmed. house gop could learn something from chris christie, people like you when you work with obama. isn't that something? >> well, i -- it is something. i don't know why 74% of new yorkians like chris christie. the only thing i can chuck it up to is that he worked with the president. so i think house republicans -- i mean if you look at any poll the most unpopular -- it's always fun to watch boehner and the congressional republicans talk about how congress is broodly unpopular. >> stephanie: exactly. it is an interesting case in point, here is chris christie who was broodly criticized for working with the president and now he doesn't even get to go to cpac. >> yeah, that right-wing sleep over. >> stephanie: and of course michelle obama. >> i don't even think i got to type the number 2 before it started. >> stephanie: yeah, and they literally say this will never happen and laura bush -- >> and ronald reagan by the way. and then my friends are quick to poi
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